BoBfest - The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers
Saturday, January 28, 2023
West Wing Catawba Science Center, Hickory NC
Only 113 Days Until BoBfest 2023

Exhibits and Activities During BoBfest Saturday

All - Hallway
Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and Lucile Miller Observatory

Video and Information about CVAC and LMO including the Lucile Miller Observatory and our public outreach programs

All - Hallway
Astronomy Clubs and Event Exhibits

We have several different astronomy organizations spread across North and South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Check the hallways for any displays and information from these clubs. Listen for club announcements and activities in the Main Event Room at times shown in the schedule.

8:30am - 3:45pm Hallway
Astronomy Photo and Art Display

Are you an astrophotographer? Do you paint or draw the sky or celestial objects? Bring your work and display it at BoBfest!

8:30am - 3:00pm Hallway
Lake James State Park

The western Piedmonts best state park! Lake James is a favorite location for stargazing. Come by to see all they have to offer.
Lake James State Park

9:00am - 4:00pm Nearby
Harper House/Hickory History Center

A short walk from BoBfest. Tours on the hour from 10 to 3. $5 to tour Harper House
Harper House

9:00am - 5:00pm SALT Block Campus
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located in the SALT Block adjacent to BoBfest. The library offers materials for all ages, public internet workstations and wireless internet access, adult and childrens programming, extensive reference sources, and an in depth local history collection.
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9:30am - 3:00pm Room 9
Astronomical Simulations Frank Westmoreland

These are very interesting and realistic views of space objects recreated with photographs and special lighting and viewed through high end binoculars. Also demonstrated are solar and lunar eclipse and moon phases.
Frank Westmoreland is a member of numerous astronomy organizations across North Carolina. He travels the state with his exhibits and can be found at many public events. Frank is an accomplished photographer and binocular observer.

10:00am - 4:00pm Catawba Science Center
Aquarium, Planetarium, Science Hall, Exhibits

Catawba Science Center is part of the SALT Block (Science, Arts, and Learning Together) and is pleased to host BoBfest! The campus is the old Hickory High School and offers hands on exhibits, planetarium, and aquarium. Admission Feb 2 is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE to BoBfest attendees.
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 1:00pm Room 1
Family Science Events

We know the talks and activities might wear thin on the youngest astronomers. The Family Science Events offer several hands-on experiences for kids of all ages. Hosted by Catawba Science Center Staff and Volunteers
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 4:00pm SALT Block Campus
Hickory Museum of Art

See American art, Southern folk art and changing exhibitions.General admission to Hickory Museum of Art is FREE; however, we always welcome contributions in any amount!
Hickory Museum of Art

11:30am - 1:00pm Outside
Solar Observing Weather Permitting John ONeal and others

View the Sun through safe solar filters! White light, Hydrogen Alpha, Calcium K, and more!

12:00pm - 12:45pm Millholland Planetarium
Planetarium Show - From Earth To The Universe

2:00pm - 2:45pm Millholland Planetarium
Planetarium Show - One World, One Sky - Big Birds Adventure

3:00pm - 3:45pm Millholland Planetarium
Planetarium Show - From Earth To The Universe

4:30pm - Main Event Room
Closing Remarks BoB Eskridge

Closing Remarks
BoB Eskridge is THE BoB in BoBfest!